Dessya Palit
Dessya Palit
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  • Rocklin, CA

Updating Back and Side Yard

5 Materials
3 Days

I wasn't really too concerned at first about fixing up our yard since... well, we are in the country after all. But after two puppies and a crazy rainy season in California... I definitely changed my mind. I wanted a grassy area in the back and side of the house so that when the dogs come in from the rain, their muddy paws would have a chance to be wiped off. And our mostly dirt road was really muddy during the rain! So we decided to gravel it up.
updating back and side yard
So this was the house after we got it (mostly) painted. As you can see there isn't much to the yard... except weeds and dirt.
updating back and side yard
We purchased about 1600 sq ft of sod from Craigslist from 2 different sellers for about $280 total. While laying down grass, we also made space on the side of the house for a flower be of some sort. Bought lawn edging from Home Depot and installed it.

P.S - Hubby used the tractor to churn up the soil so the sod can be put down. It just helps level the ground a bit more.
updating back and side yard
Next, we borrowed a trailer and purchased 22 tons of gravel for about $500. Fortunately we live about 5 minutes away from a gravel company. We spread it out evenly where we wanted the cars to park.
updating back and side yard
To separate the gravel from the grass, we got old railroad ties, left behind by the previous owner and used them as a separator.
updating back and side yard
This cutie was anything but helpful! Love her to death though
updating back and side yard
For the flowers in the yard, we found daffodils -- near the front of the house growing like crazy. So instead of spending tons of money on plants, we decided to use these instead.
updating back and side yard
We also got black mulch to cover the rest of the area! These plants were really hard to put in as our soil is very clay-y and I had to dig the clay out and put in better dirt for the plants.
updating back and side yard
And this is the result of the project! Its not fancy, but it works -- for now. My hubby went after Christmas and got the solar candy cane lights for 10 cents on clearance... I'll work on painting that someday, but not today
updating back and side yard
After a couple more weeks of crazy rain, the daffodils managed to bloom! They are pretty for something we got for free!

Here is the approx. breakdown:
Sod - $280
Gravel - $500
Black Mulch - $30 for about 10 bags
Lawn Edging - $25 for about 60 ft of lawn edging
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3 of 15 questions
  • Donna Bailey
    on Feb 16, 2019

    Why didn’t you post a photo of the finished project?

  • Sam
    on Feb 17, 2019

    ok, where was the stone put? saw pics of flowers, plants, siding, dog, sod, some guy working on the house or something, but nothing that showed me where the 22tons went!

    • Bre24961444
      on Mar 29, 2019

      Seems in the driveway, they said where they park the cars.

  • Lily Schlender
    on Feb 18, 2019

    great job ! on the first picture with the sod it looks like there is a slope running to the porch side of the house. won't the rain run towards your house? you may need to regrade the dirt away from the house there? very nice house and cute dog too.

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  • Mary Coakley
    on Feb 19, 2019

    Good work your beautiful

  • Gardening bug
    on Feb 27, 2019

    I would plant day lilies in between the daffodils. After blooming, you should let the foliage of the daffs wither until it is just yellow and straggy, which looks ugly. But you must do this as it feeds the bulbs for next year. The day lilies will provide an easy cover and bloom every year. So you will have spring and then summer flowers. I tuck the browning daffodil leaves under the new growth on the day lilies. Good luck!

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